Braybuddy From Ireland, joined Aug 2004, 5483 posts, RR: 34 Reply 6, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 44909 times:
If there were a contender for the most boring-looking aircraft this would possibly win. There is nothing distinctive or noteworthy about it. I understand that that this is probably the ultimate evolution for underwing twins, but give me the A300, Tristar, 747 and A380 any day.
The 140 M€ Airbus facility at Toulouse, France, will provide work for more than 1,000 people when fully operational, and will be the most eco-efficient Airbus final assembly hall.
During the construction work, the concrete and foundations of the old buildings will be recycled and reused in the new facility. An energy management system will optimise energy use meaning that the photovoltaic roofing will provide much of the buildings electricity requirements. The new streamlined aircraft assembly process will allow teams to work in parallel, reducing the time from start of final assembly to aircraft delivery by 30 percent.
Kappel From Suriname, joined Jul 2005, 3533 posts, RR: 18 Reply 12, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 44510 times:
Quoting Braybuddy (Reply 6): If there were a contender for the most boring-looking aircraft this would possibly win. There is nothing distinctive or noteworthy about it
IMHO, the 767 wins that contest hands down.
I'm afraid this is the direction we're going in, and have been in since the a300/767 first rolled out. After those designs, we saw the a330, 777, 787 and now a350. They still have their distinctive features of course that can still make them attractive in a certain way, such as the elegant a330 wing and the huge GE90's on the 777. To be honest, I was not disappointed when I saw the 787 for real, and I have no doubt that the a350 will not be that bad to look at once it's built.
Says that the wings will be made at Filton. Have they got this wrong as I thought it was only wing components at Filton and wing assembly was still to be at Broughton or is the begining of the end for Broughton as eventually all wings will be CFRP not Al?
Keesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 20, posted (4 years 11 months 1 week 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 43848 times:
Its different then the rest which is a plus.. I think the nose (& coulors) of the 787 look better. Not that it really matters. I have the impression the nose if differently from the A380. So a 767/777 like similar section didn't work for some reason.
I think the wingroot leading edges / droop noses look sharp. A lot of work went into them.